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Celibacy and Religious Traditions$
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Carl Olson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306316

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306316.001.0001

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 Celibacy and the Protestant Traditions

 Celibacy and the Protestant Traditions

From Celibacy to the Freedom of the Christian

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(p.109) 6 Celibacy and the Protestant Traditions
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Celibacy and Religious Traditions
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M. Darrol Bryant

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306316.003.0006

The Protestant reformer Martin Luther denounced priestly celibacy as a universal policy, argued that it kept clergy and laypeople apart, and was opposed to the Word of God and against Christ because such vows violated the freedom of the gospel and made religion a matter of rules, status, orders, and divisions rather than a spontaneous relation to God through Christ. It was also ridiculous to assume that virginity was superior to marriage, and there was a danger that the vow of celibacy could become a substitute for faith itself. Other reformers such as John Calvin, John Wesley, and Karl Barth focused on other problems associated with celibacy.

Keywords:   Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley, Karl Barth, faith, Christ

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